Traditionally, the gargoyle was a guardian and protector of the good. This piece expresses the idea that the guardian of good must meet evil with equal strength, which is why the he appears so sinister and even demonic. During the day he is at rest, simply a stone creature. But when evening falls, he comes to life as the moon awakens him to his duty. The "ball" he rests upon is a symbol both of the sun, long associated with divine beings of good intent, and the moon. It is also the power he draws upon as twilight and evening approach.